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Laporte and Jesus send Man City top

7 Feb 2019
Everton v Manchester City

Goals at the end of each half earn champions 2-0 win at Everton to go above Liverpool on goal difference

Stoppage-time goals at the end of each half gave Manchester City a 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park that sent them top of the Premier League.

Sergio Aguero hit the crossbar early on and Aymeric Laporte sent a header just wide as the visitors probed for the breakthrough that came on the stroke of half-time.

Laporte climbed highest to head David Silva’s free-kick into the top corner.

Aguero, Silva and substitute Raheem Sterling all threatened after the break but the match was settled in the dying moments.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus was put through by Kevin De Bruyne and scored at the second attempt after his first effort had been blocked by Jordan Pickford.

City lead the table for the first time since 15 December thanks to a superior goal difference of +48 to Liverpool's +41, but have played one match more.

Everton stay ninth on 33 points.

See: Everton report | Man City report

Next fixtures

Everton: 9 Feb v Watford (A)
Man City: 10 Feb v Chelsea (H)

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